These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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10-Former Government Lawyer Conflicts

24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

51-Government Attorneys

A former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney who was involved in a criminal matter while a public employee may represent the victim against a former witness for the Commonwealth in a later civil action, as long as the Commonwealth's Attorney's office consents and the lawyer's "prior contacts with the victim did not involve the purpose of obtaining professional employment."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn